Our first full-month post. Let’s go!
1939 – Leo Brouwer, Cuban guitarist and composer
1958 – Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer
1970 – Wibi Soerjadi, Dutch pianist and composer (this guy’s image on his Wiki page made me take this entry less than seriously, but then I read it. Seriously, look at this kid’s [I say kid. He’s much older than me, but doesn’t look it] image on Wikipedia, then go do an image search… is that the best they could do?) (Note to self: Read about Soerjadi)
2003 – Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer
2003 – Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer
1891 – Federico Moreno Torroba, Spanish composer
2003 – Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer and conductor
A couple of important people in the list for this day. d’Albert has a sonata that’s been on and off in my rotation for a while. He apparently also had a long list of ex-wives (I think that was him).
No events. Births:
1915 – Carlos Surinach, Spanish-Catalan composer and conductor
1921 – Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (electronic music from an old Egyptian? maybe worth checking into)
1921 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian composer, cellist and clergyman
1936 – Aribert Reimann, German pianist and composer
1943 – Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian pianist and composer
1947 – Pēteris Plakidis, Latvian pianist and composer
1925 – Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German pianist and composer
1999 – Miłosz Magin, Polish pianist and composer
2008 – Leonard Rosenman, American composer and conductor
1748 – William Shield, English violinist and composer
1931 – Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player
1948 – Richard Hickox, English conductor
1954 – Jack Stamp, American conductor and composer (played some of this guy’s pieces before).
1991 – Daniil Trifonov, Russian pianist (this kid is sickeningly talented, or sickeningly young, or maybe they exacerbate one another. Amazing).
1953 – Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (this guy is important; he also apparently died the same day as Stalin, like within hours of each other.)
And that’s it for this day. Moving on to 3/6
No musical events. Births:
And that’s about it. On to deaths:
1967 – Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer
Well, not a lot happened today, did it? Sousa is important, and I’ve heard of Kondrashin, but I forget in the conducting/recording of what rare piece I couldn’t find anywhere else. Oh, and that guy who wrote like, every march that an American could hum if requested to do so. Would more than likely be Sousa.
Nothing to see here. Births:
1875 – Maurice Ravel, French composer (What a guy. Featured him recently already, and if I weren’t trying to branch out and keep things a bit fresher, I’d feature one of his pieces. I still may…. I still may)
Also, my piano teacher, apparently.
1981 – Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (This guy was born earlier in the week. Just the previous day, in fact. He lived to be a day over 67 years old).
1904 – Nikos Skalkottas, Greek classical composer (I’m glad they listed him this way so I didn’t have to go look him up and decide whether he merited inclusion.)
1911 – Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Prolific composer, with 78 published symphonies).
1983 – William Walton, English composer
Seriously, not a lot going on this week.
1842 – Giuseppe Verdi‘s third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy’s foremost opera writers.
Okay, well maybe just one. Births:
1910 – Samuel Barber, American pianist and composer (Featured here more than once, also important. Want to get around to some of his solo works).
No events of musical merit. Births:
1915 – Charles Groves, English conductor
1910 – Carl Reinecke, German pianist, conductor, and composer
1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice. (It’s always the Italians in the events)
No events. Births:
1923 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist
1938 – Dimitri Terzakis, Greek-German composer
1937 – Charles-Marie Widor, French organist and composer
1985 – Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (one of the longest tenures of any conductor with a single ensemble: 44 years with the Philadelphia orchestra, earning him three gold records and two Grammys.)
1845 – Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.
1918 – César Cui, Russian composer and critic (a member of The Five, along with Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and their leader, Balakirev)
1990 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor
I was all excited about events this week and hoping for more. Not today.
1939 – Stavros Xarchakos, Greek composer, conductor, and politician (tenuous inclusion, but this guy studied with Nadia Boulanger)
1944 – Boris Brott, Canadian composer and conductor (son of the aforementioned Alexander Brott, born on the same day 29 years earlier)
Beware the Ides of March…
1835 – Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer and conductor
1842 – Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer (Beethoven considered this man the greatest of his contemporaries)
1946 – Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
Nothing happened. Births:
No events again. When did everything happen?! Births:
1939 – Yannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
1948 – Peep Lassmann, Estonian pianist
1900 – Charles-Louis Hanon, French pianist and composer (I’m using this guy’s piano exercises)
Turning out to be a bit of a boring week so far. Let’s see what the latter half has in store for us.
1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia. (I find this randomly interesting, mostly from a linguistic standpoint)
1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC. (This is pretty awesome, although I hear Toscanini was not a nice fellow.)
1915 – Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist
1943 – Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
2011 – Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer (studied under Alfred Cortot)
1944 – Michael Nyman, English pianist and composer (composed music for the film The Piano)
1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg concertos, BWV 1046-1051. (How’s that for a significant event?)
Seriously? That’s it? Granted, there were a few I decided not to include.
And that’s it for day one. Granados is a pretty important dude. Well, I’ve heard of him.
1867 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor
1917 – Spyridon Samaras, Greek composer
1980 – Walter Susskind, Czech-English conductor
1416 – Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian organist and composer (that’s just about the squirreliest Italian name I’ve ever seen. Say it. Just say it. You won’t regret it.)
1912 – Robert Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer (the description of this guy’s works sounds interesting…)
1927 – Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor
1949 – Poul Ruders, Danish composer (dubious inclusion)
Holy crap a lot of people were born this day. And I knew none of them except for Rostropovich…
No happenings. Births, though:
1910 – Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor
1943 – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (Awww…. that’s super sad. What a guy. Made an appearance or two for his symphonies, but there’s plenty more from this guy in the future.)
1949 – Grigoraș Dinicu, Romanian violinist and composer (Heifetz said this guy is the best violinist he’d ever heard)
2012 – Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian pianist and composer
1902 – William Walton, English composer
1888 – Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer (Liszt claimed this guy was the best pianist he’d ever heard. Contemporary of Liszt and Chopin.)
1926 – Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor
1977 – Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer and educator
1913 – The Vienna Concert Society rioted during a performance of mordernist [sic, Wikipedia] music by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence. This concert became known as the Skandalkonzert.